Today I Learned 8/7/11

…about the Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD).

Yes, you heard me correctly, the Maple Syrup Urine Disease.

I didn’t believe it till I actually googled the disease and found an NIH website describing it here.

This disease is a hereditary metabolism disorder that results in the inability to breakdown certain parts of proteins. As a result, the urine of affected individuals will smells like…yes you guessed it…maple syrup. That’s pretty awesome.

Public Health Fact of the Day

Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), which gets its name from the odor of the affected baby’s urine, is a serious metabolic disorder that affects the way amino acids isoleucine, leucine, and valine are broken down. When these amino acids are not used to build up proteins, they are broken down and used for energy by an enzyme complex (enzymes are typically proteins) called branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex. Individuals with MSUD have a mutation for one of the proteins that make up this complex, resulting in a high build up of these amino acids in the body that can degenerate brain cells or even lead to death if not treated. MSUD is a recessive disorder and it generally occurs in 1 in 180,000 babies, but in some populations such as children of Amish, Mennonite, or Jewish descent the prevalence is higher. Symptoms for the disease may occur within 3-4 days after birth: baby will have sweet-smelling urine, exhibit loss of appetite, or be fussy. Therapy involves monitoring and restricting the patient’s diet to prevent brain damage. That means babies have to take a special formula that doesn’t contain isoleucine, leucine, or valine and adults with the disease must avoid foods high in protein like meat, nuts, and eggs. 

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Alternative Spring Break Experience 2013- MSU Denver

Do you know Denver? Do you know YOU? This year’s Alternative Spring Break Experience is quite simply put, an experience. For three days students will volunteer with Safari Thrift working in the store and with refugees as well as with Mercy Housing Grace Apartments. Transportation between volunteer sites and meals will be provided for the duration of the trip which goes from the evening of Sunday, March 24th through Wednesday afternoon, March 27th. If you are interested in changing your plans up for this year’s spring break as well learning more about not only the Denver community but yourself as well, this is a $40.00 trip that you WILL NOT want to miss out on! Click the link below to fill out the application today! Hurry we can only take 10 students on the trip this year, don’t miss out!

Applications are due Friday, March 15.

How polite are we really?

Like I’ll hold a door open for someone like anyone else on campus would and that’s polite and great… but then it’s like you get on the lightrail and there’s always a competition for seats, there’s always a competition for parking spaces, and good god is there a competition when you’re trying to find an outlet to plug into and charge your tech!

That moment when someone offers you a seat or a plug-in for once: